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A meditation session led by Tracy Cochran.

For centuries Himalayan practitioners have used meditation to quiet the mind, open the heart, calm the nervous system, and increase focus. Now Western scientists, business leaders, and the secular world have embraced meditation as a vital tool for brain health.

Whether you’re a beginner, a dabbler, or a skilled meditator seeking the company of others, join expert teachers in a forty-five-minute weekly program designed to fit into your lunch break. Each session will be inspired by a different work of art from the Rubin Museum’s collection and will include an opening talk, a twenty-minute sitting session, and a closing discussion. Chairs will be provided.

Presented in partnership with Sharon Salzberg and the New York Insight Meditation Center.


Goddess of the Dawn, Marichi (Sanskrit), Mongolia; late 17th century, Workshop of Zanabazar (1635
Goddess of the Dawn, Marichi (Sanskrit), Mongolia; late 17th century, Workshop of Zanabazar (1635″“1723), Gilt copper alloy, C2005.16.26 (HAR 65449)

Theme: Perception

Made in Mongolia during the late 17th or early 18th century, Goddess Marichi sits on a double lotus throne in the pose of royal ease. In her right hand she holds a vajra up to her chest while grasping the branch of an ashoka tree in her left hand. As the goddess of the dawn, her light dispels the darkness of ignorance. She also represents the dawn of awakening or the moment when one realizes that they must escape samsara.

About the Speaker

Tracy Cochran is editorial director of Parabola, a quarterly magazine that for forty years has drawn on the world’s cultural and wisdom traditions to explore the questions that all humans share. She has been a student of meditation and spiritual practices for decades and teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful writing at New York Insight Meditation Center and throughout the greater New York area. In addition to Parabola, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Psychology Today, O Magazine, New York Magazine, the Boston Review, and many other publications and anthologies. For more information please visit